Respect The Game



The NBA and NBPA’s Respect the Game program encourages respectful behavior at all levels of the sport, including youth basketball. The initiative promotes healthy and respectful relationships between players, coaches, parents, and referees through a wide range of content, resources, and events that advance the NBA’s and NBPA’s core values and underscore the importance of fostering a positive youth sports culture.

We encourage everyone in the youth basketball community to utilize the Jr. NBA pledge to continue creating positive, fun, competitive, and developmentally appropriate basketball experiences

  • Officials

    Jr. NBA Respect the Game represents an increased commitment to the development of youth basketball officials.

    Jr. NBA referee camps and forums include technical training and rules education, and provide an opportunity for current and aspiring referees to learn from NBA officials and each other. Referee education also includes an emphasis on mental wellness and healthy interactions with spectators, coaches, parents, and players.

  • National Partners

    Athlete Ally is a nonprofit organization focused on ending homophobia in sports by educating allies in the athletic community

    Positive Coaching Alliance is a nonprofit that develops resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators and student-athletes

    A Call to Men is a leading nonprofit organization that uses sports to promote a more positive and healthy definition of manhood